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Obama: Suspending more deportations not an option

September 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won’t take further unilateral action to stop deportations for some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The Obama administration last year suspended deportations of some immigrants brought here illegally as children. But with immigration legislation stalled in Congress, advocates are pressuring Obama to expand that to cover parents of those children or other immigrant groups.

Obama tells Spanish-language TV network Telemundo “that’s not an option.” He says broadening the policy would essentially be ignoring the law. And he says he would have a tough time defending it legally.

Obama says the path to fixing immigration laws is through Congress. But he says House Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to put a Senate-passed overhaul to a vote is holding it back.

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